Apr 4, 2009, 6:59 PM
Post #743 of 793
Thanks corkeyb...good luck to you as things wind down!
Yeah moocow, it is crazy, I know. lol I really was set and happy about IU. It came down to a connection with the poetry faculty, the fact that a 2 year program will lead to less debt for me (regardless of full funding I have a 31 year old's bills and responsibilities and I'll only be bringing in 1/4 of what I used to make), and I'll really be able to focus on my writing in that 1st year with no teaching responsibilities at UVA.
For future applicants, I don't recommend accepting an offer before you hear from all schools lol. IU had mentioned when they were wanting me to respond to their offer that they had people on the waitlist that would accept on the spot so I know they don't have a shortage of people to fill that spot. I should have had more faith in myself regarding UVA but there was no way to know and I didn't want to keep IU waiting. Plus, I'd ranked UVA lower than IU on my personal ranking based on my incorrect knowledge of UVA's funding. So I originally thought that even if UVA accepted me, I would choose IU over them.
I misread UVAs website where it says the first year fellowship is $16,000. I thought that money was used to cover tuition and then the stipend would be what was left over, which was like $1500. Yeah, I was wrong, $16,000 is what is left over, it's what you get...without teaching responsibilities the first year. I know I've seen other people confused about that too. So when I got clear info on this, I opened my mind to UVA.
Once I had the proper information, my gut spoke up loud and clear. I didn't have the fear about UVA that I expressed having about IU earlier in this thread. IU would have still been an awesome experience, just less awesome than UVA.
I'm explaining myself because I really do feel like a jerk for declining after accepting lol. I really was certain about where I was going. Thankfully, nothing is binding until April 15 and thankfully, there's a poet who will get the call from IU who will be just as happy as I was to get the call from UVA. Sorry for the long post.
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